Sidney Sussex has a junior and senior Organ Scholar; there are two student organists in residence in any given year.
Organ Scholars are provided with an annual stipend, comfortable rooms with a piano, and the costs of organ and singing lessons are borne by the College. On a daily basis the Organ Scholars have access to the 2016 Flentrop organ, the Taylor & Boody chamber organ, the Mietke harpsichord and the Steinway Model D grand piano. They also receive an annual stipend in line with the Cambridge University Organ Scholarships scheme and free organ and singing lessons. Other perks include free national and international tours, Choir formals, and a number of social events throughout the academic year. For further information, please contact the Director of Music or visit the University of Cambridge's Organ Scholarship webpage.
- Apply for an Organ Scholarship
You can access full information about applying for an Organ Scholarship on the University website. The University of Cambridge is pleased to confirm that this year's Organ Scholarship Trials will be taking place from 20-23 September, as advertised. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the process will not take place on-site in Cambridge this year but will instead be held remotely. Further details about this necessarily revised process will be provided on the University website in due course, so please check the University website regularly from early July.
- Senior Organ Scholar
Emily India Evans
Emily is the Senior Organ Scholar at Sidney, and a second-year music student. Emily studied at Bromsgrove School, before taking up organ scholarships at St David's Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Also active as a singer, Emily sang with Ex Cathedra’s Academy of Vocal Music for ten years, and was also a chorister at Worcester Cathedral. Emily is a keen conductor, and enjoyed conducting the choir in services regularly during her year at Windsor. Emily is current President of the Sidney Sussex College Music Society, and, when not practicing, Emily enjoys cycling, walking, cooking, photography and spending time with her friends.
- Junior Organ Scholar
Luca Myers is the junior organ scholar at Sidney and is a first-year history undergraduate. Alongside the weekly round of services, Luca has recently taken up organ lessons with Stephen Farr. Prior to joining the choir at Sidney, Luca was organ scholar at Beverley Minster where he accompanied the various choirs regularly, including in the 2020 Nine Lessons and Carols recording. In addition to regular accompaniment duties, Luca has featured as a soloist on several CD discs, and regularly conducted the full choir at major services. Luca has most recently appeared as visiting organist at Sheffield Cathedral, a recitalist across Cambridge, and has toured internationally with various choirs and orchestras, most notably giving solo performances on organs across Germany. Aside from his studies and organ practice, Luca enjoys debating, reading and the occasional frame of snooker.